DIY Phone Pouch Made From Old Leggings

Ever had a pair of leggings which you hardly wear anymore but love the color? Why not turn it into a handy pouch or a pencil case instead!

In another of my “Ah Ha moments”, I remembered I got these pair of leggings with a zipper at the bottom of each leg last year. They came in handy for some work outs but since, I have pushed these to the back of the drawer, and placed my new work out gear in the front.

But I really loved the texture and color of this pair (some kind of purple-grey which I’m sure someone has coined a name for). So… since I was short of a braided phone pouch to compliment my hair recently, I decided what better way to re-use this great fabric and turn these hardly worn leggings into something useful! 🙂 It’s also a great coin and pen/pencil pouch.

Grab an old pair of leggings. I think this would be fun if you had a bright or pattered pair of leggings too! Maybe even neon, don’t worry I won’t judge you.

DIY leggings into pouch pencil case 1

Cut off one side, giving some allowance after the zipper ends. This will be the base of your pouch/ pencil case. If your leggings don’t have a zipper, feel free to insert your own if you know how. If not, use an old pouch as a base. Cosmetic counters tend to give a lot of these pouches as free gifts during purchase or you can find some at your local dollar store.

You should have something like this. Note that most leggings taper towards the end, so you should cut a straight line at the base to ensure everything remains even.

Cut off another chunk of the leggings and make sure it is at least 1.5 to 2 inches longer than your pouch zipper.

Cut it open and cut out strips. The width of the strips depends on how thick you want each braid to be.

In this instance, I used strips of about 1 inch in width (using eyeball power of course. If you want it to be exact and perfect, you can use a ruler and mark it out with a pen or chalk).

Pile three strips together, pin the top and start braiding.

I may be taking it for granted that everyone knows how to braid. So if you need detailed instructions in another tutorial, please feel free to let me know!

You should end up with something like this.

Make as many braids as you need to fill up the sides of the pouch. In this case, I used four as I wanted a slimmer case for my phone, loose change and pencils and pens.

Did I fail to mention it also compliments my hair when I wear a side or French braid?  🙂

If you want a deeper pouch, sew on more fabric to the side walls and continue adding on more braids!

Stitch the braids down onto the fabric underneath. The important parts to stitch are the sides of each braid to hold them down, and the top and bottom of each braid row. You’ll want to make small stitches on the outside and use similar colored thread so it’s not obvious.

Repeat for the opposite side. If you’re feeling lazy you could get away with just one side too of course.

Now close the zipper to about the halfway mark and flip the pouch inside out. Sew all around to form your pouch shape.

Once you’re done with stitching all around, cut off the excess edges. Be careful not to cut any threads as everything will unravel! I didn’t insert a lining in this, but you can if you want to make it even prettier.

Flip it back to the right side and you’re done! The braids also provide some cushioning in case you have more delicate items to place inside.


Xiaomi Growth

A New Beginning

Samantha Jonas-Rongo

They are targeting these markets with large populations, weak telecom carriers and a developed e-commerce infrastructure. Those countries all have large populations that have not yet bought their first smartphone…..Samantha Jonas-Rongo

There are already a lot of speculations regarding the upcoming iPhone 7. However, Apple is still hoping to sell a few millions of iPhone 6 units until they will release their next iPhone. However, the analysts are already gathering information about the upcoming iPhone that will be released in 2015. While we continue battling the war of Samsung V. Apple, that battle is old news in China.

Beyond our iPhone and Samsung frenzies, a new company may be making its way towards us in the United States soon. Not only is Xiaomi a new techno trend, it is making its way as the next global phenomena in the smart phone world. They are focused on not only having a successful business venture, they are working towards making their mark and cementing their place as one of the most powerful phone makers in the world.

Founded in 2010, founders Lei Jun, and former Google executive, Lin Bin began their success story as a start-up to sell smart phones at cheaper prices online. They were essentially late in the game with their first hand set being released around the same time the iPhone 4S was brought to stores.

After an intelligent social media strategy and successful launch, Xiaomi became well popular amongst the young and trendy Chinese population. In 2015, an estimated 500 million smartphones will be sold in China. According to the Research Firm IDC, that total is more than three times as many as those sold in the United States. Even though they aren’t as well-known as its largest western rivals, Xiaomi still successfully reached sales of 12.5 billion in the first 6 months of 2014.

Xiaomi’s international sales have already begun, but next year will reflect whether Xiaomi can continue to rise beyond China. Being that they do not have much of a patent portfolio, they are vulnerable to lawsuits from their competitors.

To recreate their Chinese success, Mr. Lei and Mr. Lin are looking to use e-commerce networks to sell cheap, high-quality phones to markets like the United States and Europe, and developing countries such as Brazil and India. They are targeting these markets with large populations, weak telecom carriers and a developed e-commerce infrastructure. Those countries all have large populations that have not yet bought their first smartphone. Based upon Xiaomi being these countries first telephone providers, they have an extreme chance at global success in the smart phone race.

Mr. Lin made a point that the developed countries with strict controlled carrier networks are not in his top five selected locations to do business. He has placed China as his potential number one clientage, India two, Indonesia 3, then hopefully follow with both Brazil and Russia.

Besides the money made on phone sales, Xiaomi plans to increase its profitability by selling services like entertainment and apps. Business has also increased for Xiaomi after it introduced products such as a smart television, fitness band and tablet.

Samantha Jonas-Rongo